Ascent of Mount Columbia on 2007-06-26

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Trisha Conlon
Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Columbia
    Elevation:14073 ft / 4289 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the second half of a trip that included Mt. Harvard. After dropping to 12,400 ft., we began climbing the north slolpes under darkening skies which threatened rain. Half way up, we stopped to put on more clothing. It was over 10 hours after we left the TH that we finally topped out on Columbia. We took just a few pictures and headed down. We had intended to follow Columbia's SW ridge far enough to descend more-or-less due south, avoiding the infamous scree field, and intersectiong the N. Cottonwood Creek trail well below timberline. We botched it, and dropped off too soon. Thus, we endured spits of rain on the loose scree of the SW slopes, and found the trail near timberline. It added up to a 15+ hour day, and the sun had set by the time we got back to the car. A repeat of my 5th fourteener, but a new one, number 26, for Trisha.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:north slopes
Descent Statistics
    Route:southwest slopes

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